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BE the ball: How watching Caddyshack can improve your golf

BE the ball: How watching Caddyshack can improve your golf

It’s just over thirty years since Caddyshack graced our screens, providing us a heck of a lot of laughs and still-quotable quotes. But did you know that watching Caddyshack can also improve your golf? As most golfers know, Caddyshack is the greatest movie in the history of movies. Not just best golf movie…not just best […]

20 new golf rules for 2011

20 new golf rules for 2011

IT’S that time of the year again. Yep, it’s the silly season and Inside Golf’s Brian Eagle has put forward 20 suggested new Rules for 2011. To those really serious so-called Rules experts who think we are poking fun at the game, we say “lighten up”.

Truly Shameful

Truly Shameful

It was when my wife caught me that I realised I had a problem. The time was just after 1:00am. I was sitting there in the dark, in my bathrobe, unshaven, huddled over my desk and squinting at the low-quality video stream emanating from my glowing computer screen. The house was silent, as the wife […]

Are you a TRUE golf nut?

Are you a TRUE golf nut?

Is golf more to you than just a “silly game with a little white ball”? Does it consume every waking hour?   Do you eat, sleep and breathe everything golf? If so, you could be a bona-fide golf nut.  Take our “highly un-scientific” quiz and see just how “mad keen” you really are. Tick each box […]

What in the wide world of sports is going on here?

What in the wide world of sports is going on here?

For years, debate has raged whether activities like golf, bowling, horseracing and others are technically “sports”. While I won’t argue the point here, I will state for the record that any “sport” with the words “synchronised”, “rhythmic” or “dance” in its name probably belongs in the non-sporting category. So what qualifies an activity as a […]

Excuse Me, Part II: The Leave Pass

Excuse Me, Part II: The Leave Pass

No great Boys Weekend would be possible without wrangling a leave pass from the better half. Here are a selection of stories, compromises and “little white lies” that have been submitted to us at Inside Golf. The names have been changed to protect the truly guilty. The “Slight distortion of the truth” strategy: The Pitch: […]

Peeling away the Layers

Peeling away the Layers

Peeling away the layers “I just heard a rumour about a new golf ball that has FIVE layers. Can that be right? As an “Old School” player (I still have some old Titleists in my bag with rubber bands and liquid cores) I’m struggling to see why I need all those layers. Sincerely “Balata Boy” […]

Let’s make it interesting: Popular golf side bets and formats

Let’s make it interesting: Popular golf side bets and formats

Wagering on the golf course is as old as the game itself, and while there’s no definitive history of when the first golfer asked his partner “So, MacDougal…you wanna make this a wee bit more…interesting?”,  stories abound of the first golfers competing for animal pelts, “skins” or whatever they could afford to wager. So we […]